Celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago

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I may not have been able to make it to Munich for Oktoberfest this year, but I did manage to make it to Chicago this weekend. And it just so happens that the Windy City also enjoys its beer and German folk music. Who knew? (Actually, who doesn't enjoy those things?)

On a blustery and overcast last day in September, my family wandered on down to Navy Pier, which is hosting one of the many Oktoberfest celebrations to be found around Chicago.

Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier

Here, we found a warm tent filled with beer-drinking revelers, German food, men in lederhosen, and even a traditional folk/polka band.

Chicago Oktoberfest

In my mind, there's no better way to spend a chilly autumn day than in a warm tent eating a giant pretzel and listening to a man in lederhosen yodeling and playing an alphorn.

Here are my favorite photos from Oktoberfest:

Chicago Oktoberfest

Beer, pretzels, and schnitzel.

Chicago Oktoberfest

The band in lederhosen

Chicago Oktoberfest


Chicago Oktoberfest

Yodeling in action.

Chicago Oktoberfest

Playing "Edelwiess" on the cowbells.

Chicago Oktoberfest

Playing the alphorn.

And here's a video, too! Make sure you watch the whole thing to see the alphorn, and the guy playing “Edelwiess” on the cowbells.

So tell me, did YOU celebrate Oktoberfest this year?


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